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Getting Your Feet Wet

I don't understand why people who have never cruised don't get their "feet wet" by trying a brief inexpensive cruise ...to anywhere ...There seems to be a focus on lengthy cruises to exotic ports which is grand, but maybe not for the first time cruiser.


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My first cruise was a 4 day cruise ,way back in the Day


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Some people instinctively know what they will and won't like even without experiencing it.

Luckily, my dad forced me to try new things and opened up my horizons.

Friends of our family was going to come with us on our group cruise next year. It's an 8 day and they've never cruised before. They decided to do a shorter cruise prior to make sure they like it before they get on board and realize they don't. I think it's a smart choice!

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I'm thinking the profit margin is better on longer cruises hence the emphasis... longer is better dontcha know. 

Maybe it's because the longer cruises do seem more "exotic" than the shorter ones.  Plus there's all those cruise misconceptions.

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I started family and friends on the 4 night Baja cruise out of Los Angeles.  Since we live in L.A. no air fair so it is a cheap get away.  On a 4 night cruise they can see if they like ship life or not.  Everyone has liked cruising except for one sister in-law that did not like the time restraints of having to be back on ship at set time.

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My BF was that way... Very hard headed. We did a 5 day cruise... He has issues with claustrophobia/crowds and was worried he would get sick... Needless to day he came out a champ and now has a minimum! Nothing shorter than 7 days and he loves sea days 

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This is why there was no way I was going to take a 7 day cruise with my family with myself being a Novice.  Knowing what I know, it would have been to stressful. It was more fun learning the ropes with my girlfriends. lol   So now that I have some background, not a pro by any means, but I kind'a know the ropes (and one son has cruised before too) enough that I'm sure we can all have a nice family cruise now! Happy  

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Our first and 3rd cruises were only 4 days. The first was to see if DH would enjoy cruising. He had so many misconceptions about it but I was finally able to convince hi, to try it. He loves cruising as much as I do now, but we still enjoy a land vacation too where we can spend as much time in one place as we want and take our time visiting places.

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My father-in-law refused to cruise because of the troop transports he was on during WW2. We convinced him to do a Bermuda cruise and he was hooked. He loved what he knew he wouldn't like.



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